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49ers to interview Dolphins DC Vance Joseph for HC opening

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The 49ers add a defensive-minded candidate to their pool of potential head coaches.

The San Francisco 49ers reportedly wanted to make then Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph their defensive coordinator and assistant head coach back in 2015, but were blocked by Cincinnati. Two years later, they will have a crack at the now Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator. NFL Network reporter Rand Getlin tweeted that the 49ers and Broncos are expected to interview Joseph. The Rams, Bills, and Chargers have all reportedly requested an interview as well.

The 49ers cannot interview Joseph until next week. Miami is traveling to play the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend in the wild card round. Whether or not the Dolphins win, Joseph can have first interviews next week. If they lose to Pittsburgh, he is free to do any and all future interviews. If they win and make it to the Super Bowl, he can do the first interview next week, and then a second interview during the bye week.

The 49ers had an offensive-minded head coach in Chip Kelly, who followed a sort of defensive-minded head coach in Jim Tomsula. They followed an offensive-minded head coach in Jim Harbaugh. With a complete re-set of the football team, just about anything is possible.

Joseph has coached entirely on the defensive side of the ball during his coaching career. He played on both sides of the ball during his playing career, switching to defensive back in college. After a brief NFL career, he got his start as a college assistant. After six seasons in college, he joined the San Francisco 49ers as assistant defensive backs coach in 2005, and defensive backs coach from 2006 to 2010. He joined the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals in the same role from 2011 to 2013 and 2014 to 2015, respectively. He joined the Dolphins as defensive coordinator this season.